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Together we can deliver our exciting vision for Dover and Deal

When I was first elected back in 2010, my top priority was a fairer share for our community. A fairer share of investment from central government. A fairer share of healthcare. And a fairer share of infrastructure spending to speed the renewal of our area.

Since then, we've come a long way together. The plans to sell our Port off to the French or whoever have been fought off. Now there's a community benefit fund from the Port's profits. This will help boost regeneration and grassroots community projects in Dover. Particularly when the amount contributed by the Port is at an acceptable level. 

There is also an exciting vision for the Western Docks Revival. After much campaigning to the Department for Transport and Southeastern, a fast train now sweeps not just into Dover, but Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill every hour of every day.

We're on the cusp of a really exciting future in our community. The new Dover Hospital is just about to open. I visited the hospital site last week and it's fantastic. The state of the art health facility that our community has needed for so long. It's a far cry from the old Buckland hospital which had been decimated for a decade with wards and local health services axed one by one.

It's a similar story with Burlington House. This eyesore has plagued Dover's skyline for too long. The people of Dover never thought we'd be rid of it. Now we're seeing real progress. I've worked tirelessly with the local Council and the Government to get the go-ahead for the demolition. The Compulsory Purchase Order for the site has been approved and very soon the demolition crew will be moving in. Knocking down Burlington House will fire the starting gun for the renewal of Dover town centre.

We've done a lot, but we can't rest on our laurels. I'm keen to build on these successes and continue to fight to make sure our community gets the share of wealth and resources it needs and deserves. The new Dover Hospital's a great start. Yet I want to see a five star healthcare in our community. The new Dover hospital will be a fantastic base for more local healthcare services. It will save long journeys to hospitals far away. Meanwhile care and recovery suites would allow people to recover close to home. Making this happen is a key priority for me during this Parliament. 

Alongside the Western Docks Revival, we need to press the port to bring forward plans for the development of the area around the cruise terminal. Once Burlington House is down, I will work closely with council and central Government to ensure we carry through the town centre renewal plans. I will be pressing the port to work jointly with the council for a development that joins the town and the docks. 

The Dover town centre project is a once in a generation opportunity. Getting it right is key to making Dover a Jewel in the Crown of the nation again.

Conservative run Dover District Council is moving ahead with plans to demolish Burlington House and redevelop the site on Dover's Townwall Street. Do you support this?

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